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Investigators suspect arson in fire at new Kakaako high-rise

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Fire investigators believe the fire atop a Kakaako high-rise was intentionally set.

The case has been handed over to the Honolulu Police Department.

Firefighters were called to the Aeo building at 1001 Queen Street at 10:32 p.m. Monday night.

The first unit arrived to find flames emanating from the top of the 40-story residential building. 

A stack of construction materials was found burning on the rooftop.

The fire was brought under control at 10:59 p.m. and extinguished at 11:17 p.m.

Damage was confined to the stack of building materials, fire officials say. The building is still under construction and no residents currently live there.

Damage was estimated at $50,000.

KHON2's Justin Cruz streamed a Facebook Live of the fire.

Workers at the Whole Foods Market on the building's ground levels were told to evacuate as a precaution. The store resumed normal business hours the following day.

No one was hurt.

Ward Village released the following statement on Tuesday:

"At approximately 10:30 PM yesterday evening, Monday, June 18, a fire occurred on the rooftop of Ae‘o Tower at Ward Village. The Honolulu Fire Department was immediately on the scene and the fire extinguished at approximately 11:30 PM. The building is currently an active construction site, and the fire was contained to the roof. There were no injuries or casualties. The Ae‘o Parking Garage, which includes parking for Whole Foods Market, is open and operational. The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority and we are continuing to monitor the situation."

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